Angelo On O-Line: ‘Nobody Did More Than The Chicago Bears’

(CBS) Despite getting to the NFC Championship Game last season, one could argue no team in the NFL had a more glaring weakness than the Bears’ offensive line.

So, going into the off-season, the Bears made it a priority to address their problems on the line. Unfortunately, two games into the season, the offensive line appears to once again be in shambles with two injuries and a league-high 11 sacks given up.

Still, Bears general manager Jerry Angelo thinks the Bears did everything they could to improve the offensive line in the off-season.

“We did everything you could possibly do to that position. Nobody did more than the Chicago Bears,” he told “We drafted a player (Gabe Carimi) in the first round. We brought in a player (Chris Spencer) with a lot of NFL experience who is still in his prime. We developed young players who are going into their second and third years, including another high draft pick in Chris Williams. We like our eight linemen. That’s not an issue. Injuries happen, and then you have to adjust accordingly. Everything bad that happened on Sunday wasn’t all because of poor offensive line play. Believe me when I tell you that. It was a collective failure. The defense and special teams share part of that as well. So let’s not beat up on the offensive line.”

The Bears currently have two injuries on the offensive line as right tackle Gabe Carimi is nursing a knee injury and could miss a month, while Lance Louis has been out with ankle injury since the season opener. For now, Angelo has confidence in Chris Spencer and Frank Omiyale who are filling in.

“We have to have faith in them. We trained them. They’re ours,” he told “They’ve got to step up and get it done. It’s that simple. You don’t like to play musical chairs at any position, but that’s particularly true on the offensive line. You want to keep those five guys the same week-in and week-out. They don’t have to be the best players, but they have to be players who know each other the best on the field. That’s football. So obviously that’s going to be our challenge, and I’m confident that the coaches are going to get not only the best out of our players but know exactly what they can and can’t do and play accordingly.”

  • DoubleE

    Every time I hear this guy say something, I feel dumber.

    • AJ Citizen

      I just feel dirty

      • Meatless Meatballs

        I feel stabby.

  • bubba bean

    I feel like I wanna puke. I also feel like I can’t wait for next years front office and coaching changes when this whole thing collapses on us.

  • GigFCP

    Even if JA is right and I personally have issues with that, the man is singularly responsible for the collective talent on the offense period. If matters not that “I did the best I could” over the course of one preseason. What matter is what is on the field and that’s his responsibility even if it started with offensive myopia years back.

    This is the defensive JA that I find offensive. The Bears are not cheap as some suggest, but they truly have an offense that is not like that of other elite teams. It can be good, but can just as easily be bad–really bad. Badness happens, but not so easily. Our line and our receivers have a “can of worms” aspect to them that is maddening year in and year out. Last year, we were fortunate health-wise. Now, that’s become normalized.

    When JA went and got JC, I instantly forgave the man his iniquities. Then again, I figured JA would drop dead focusing every thought and effort on protecting JC with an army and receivers that can and will “go get the ball.” No, JA really hasn’t and it shows on a pretty consistent basis even to alarming extents in winning efforts. Jay Cutler is about one more season of too many sacks away from becoming a raggedy old veteran who “could have been.”

    No elite football team’s offense “looks” like the Bears. We need to be ahead probably more than the rest and even then it doesn’t typically work like that of the rest of the league. It’s been this way–win or lose–forever. Why?

  • Denver Deadite

    These comments alone are going to make a number of people desire that this team lose every game the rest of the way, just so this dope will get fired. I’m on the verge of being one of them.

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